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A team-taught introduction to the art and architecture of Europe from the ancient Mediterranean to Baroque Italy. This course celebrates the glory of works of art as physical objects, to be viewed and contemplated, to be sure, but also often to be worshiped, worn, touched (even licked), held, exhibited, bought and sold, passed through or around, and lived in. To help students begin to appreciate how these works of art might have been understood by those who originally made and used them, the course sets its objects of study within a number of revealing historical contexts, from the social and the political to the philosophical and the art historical. To give students time with works of art, our discussion-centered conferences use the wealth of art resources in Williamstown: the Clark Art Institute, the buildings and sculpture of the Williams College Campus, and the Williams College Museum of Art.
Format: lecture/conference; This course has 2 components: lectures and conferences. The lectures will be twice weekly, asynchronous, and recorded. Conferences are once per week and synchronous (these small discussions of 5 students each will be taught in person for students in residence, and via Zoom for students enrolled remotely).
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
Three shorter essays, quizzes, engaged participation in conference sections
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH pre-1800 Courses